Chris Cannan

Australian Ambassador to Israel

Ambassador Chris Cannan commenced as Australian Ambassador in June 2017. Chris is a senior career officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In his previous position, he had responsibility for Australia's aid investments in health, education and climate change funds, and also for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Chris's other senior roles in the DFAT have included Chief of Protocol and head of Staffing branch (responsible for the recruitment, training, deployment and welfare of Australia's foreign service officers). As head of the Environment Branch, Chris was DFAT's lead negotiator at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. He has also worked on bilateral issues (South-East Asia and Europe); international security and arms control, public affairs; and financial management.
Overseas, Chris has served at the Australian Permanent Mission in Vienna, the Australian Embassy in Manila, and was Senior Civilian Monitor with the Australian Defence Force led Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group. From 2010 to 2011 he was head of donor relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Asian Studies from Flinders University and a Master of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University.
Chris has lived in Canberra for more than two decades, but originally comes from South Australia. He is a keen supporter of the Adelaide Crows AFL team. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, skiing and wine, and keenly follows domestic and international politics. He has already been converted to the wonders of Sabich!
Chris is keen to further build the Australia-Israel bilateral relationship during his term in Israel. He sees great scope to do more to link Australia to Israel's world-class start-up ecosystem - including through the Australian Government's Landing Pad, located in Tel Aviv's SOSA innovation hub.
Chris has twin boys, Alex and Nicholas, who are based in Brussels and who spend holidays with him in Israel.